It’s been busy here with getting ready for Art Festivals and then being in Art Festivals Friday-Sunday. I love meeting other artists and talking with people about art. It’s beautiful in Florida right now, so it’s great weather for being outside. I have one more Art Festival this weekend at Winthrop Art Festival in Brandon.
Sometimes it’s actually hard to let go of a painting… at least for me. One of my favorites “Diving Deep” sold at the last Festival. She was inspired by my love of water and swimming below the surface where all is quiet and serene. I miss her but hope her new owner is enjoying it.
I’ve been writing and painting letters. I just entered two of the smaller ones in the 12×12 Show at the Art Center Manatee. All of these paintings come with a hand written and painted letter tucked into the back – to be opened by the new owner of the painting only!
A new painting that came out of nowhere after many layers and many transitions. I was all over the place on this one, stalled for days, weeks at a time. But now I have come out at the other end of the dark tunnel. Some things are definitely looking better. I made a Manifest Abundance Mandala, a high-five hamsa hand of sorts that visualizes/crystalizes my artsy thoughts and so now I have a plan for the rest of 2016 in terms of what I want to accomplish, and I am painting again without too much struggle.
Not all is perfect in paradise though. I didn’t get accepted to a new Art Festival I wanted to be in AND I didn’t sell any of my door paintings at the Creative Artist’s Gallery Show that I was in. I am not going to let it get me down. It’s FALL and a brand new season, although you wouldn’t know it here in Florida! I always feel energized in fall! How is your year going?
I’ve been trying to get my work “out there” this year… starting with 2 Art Festivals at the beginning of the year. I joined our county Art Council site and have been getting more notices about art happenings and “Call for Artists” postings…. and I found a gallery nearby in Brandon that accepted 3 of my door painting to their current group show. It’s The Creative Artists Journey at thecreativeartistgallery.com
I enjoyed the opening last Friday, talking with art lovers and art makers!
Well… where have I been? The answer is FLOURISHING! My word for 2016 that is my mantra, my wish… is flourish and so far it seems to be happening. I sold the 12″x12″ painting Coming Home (Scroll below) that I entered in the Bradenton Art Center Manatee group show this past month. PLUS, I was in TWO two-day back-to-back weekend Art Festivals where I sold work. Above is a photo of what my tent looked like… my little traveling gallery of work. I could not have done all of this without the help of my amazing husband Fish. He adjusted the tent many times, made 8 cement tube weights that are required in case there are high winds, he got the pegboard walls and figured out how to hang them, and hang the work. I spent weeks touching things up, framing, wiring, working and preparing for this. We got the magical SQUARE so we could accept charge cards for payment on the iPhone. It was ALOT of work, but worth it in the end. I received 2 Patron Ribbons in The Manatee Arts Festival in Apollo Beach and a Third Place ribbon in the Winthrop Arts Festival in Riverview. Some of my special friends came by. I met so many wonderful people who appreciated art and also many helpful fellow artists who were also participating. We survived a day of rain and some wind! The result… We hope to participate in more art festivals in the upcoming fall and winter… and maybe find a co-op gallery or two to show the work. I am inspired and uplifted and looking forward to getting back into my studio to paint again…. to FLOURISH!
I just finished this 12″x12″ and I am not sure where all those bright colors have come from, except the sun has been out the last two days and I have been outside soaking it in. Sending you sunshine, wherever you are! Hugs.